Cast the First Stone

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To be first to blame or criticize someone, to lead the scolding over offender

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  • This saying is originated from the Bible. It was written by Apostle John that when people wanted to stone to death a woman for her sins (fornication), Jesus said, “He that is with no offense amid you, allow him first cast a stone at her." Similarly, a person who himself is not good and pure shouldn’t cast the first stone on others by criticizing them.
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You shouldn’t criticize Amy in this way. You’re also responsible for this, so stop casting the first stone.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Cast the First Stone':

cast the first stoneTo act self-righteously in accusing another person, believing that one is blameless.
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